Statesville denies Elmwood annexation 4-3

Those for and those against the annexation of properties in the Elmwood community gathered at Statesville City Hall Monday as Council members considered the request.

(AUDIO). “God (expletive) it fails 3 to 4”

Elmwood properties east of Statesville won’t be annexed for now.

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Councilmen Watt, Williams, Schlesinger and Michael Johnson voted against that proposal last night. Councilmen Morgan, Phifer and West voted for it. A medical issue prevented Jap Johnson from attending.

Residents concerned about about the development of a rock quarry told Council members they were worried about a decline in property values, noise, traffic, damage and safety.

(AUDIO). “Passage would devastate our lives and livelihood, and that of generations to come.”

Attorney Doug Isley for the property owners made it clear he felt statute mandated approval.

(AUDIO). “I have never once been asked by an Appellate court to tell me what the feelings are of the people who are impacted by a particular project.”

Despite some confusion, last night’s vote wouldn’t have guaranteed a rock quarry. That would have been required to go through the zoning process.

A similar measure failed to get enough support before Mooresville Commissioners last night. Town Spokeswoman Kim Sellers says the group voted 5-1 to deny a conditional re-zoning request from a developer wanting to place a Costco and Academy Sports at the intersection of Brawley School Road and Talbert Road. Commissioner Compton had the only vote in favor of the request.